June 16th marked the 100th Training Tip of the Day for Poynter’s News University, an e-learning project. Using content from more than 150 online courses, NewsU sends daily tips via Twitter to people who want to learn journalism tools.
The daily tip project is part of a larger mission at NewsU, says NewsU Director Howard Finberg, to make training accessible to anyone. With webinars like Tools for Mobile Journalists and training packages like Telling Memorable Video Stories: A Poynter Tutorial Series, and funded by the Knight Foundation, the website offers a mixture of free and paid content.
“We never require a journalism membership to get into NewsU,” said Finberg. “We’ve found two groups of people, those interested in improving skills that journalists have, and those who are educators. We have the opportunity to influence people new to the profession.”
In other words, NewsU educates anyone and everyone how to be a journalist, such as this 52-year-old woman with a career in trucking: